Leonard Mizerek is a nationally-recognized plein air artist known for his luminous seascapes and expressive brushwork. He is a Board Member and Fellow of the American Society of Marine Artists, and an elected member of both the prestigious Guild of Boston Artists and the New England Plein Air Painters.
Leonard grew up in the Brandywine Valley of Pennsylvania and his early art influences were the Pennsylvania Impressionists and the Brandywine School. He graduated with a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and studied at the New York Art Students League with Nelson Shanks and at the National Academy of Design with Raymond Kinstler. He has exhibited in over thirty Featured Artist and One Man Shows and his works have figured prominently in exhibitions at a number of museums: The Cape Museum of Fine Arts, Newport Art Museum, Maine Maritime Museum, Connecticut River Museum, Chase Riverfront Arts Center, Delaware Art Museum, Frye Museum of Art, The Mariner’s Museum, The Cummer Museum, San Diego Maritime Museum, and the Mystic Seaport Museum. His work was on the cover of ‘American Artist Magazine’ and has several times been the subject of feature articles in ‘American Art Collector’ and ‘Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine’.
In 2006, 2011 and 2016, he was awarded Artist in Residence at the Museum Yvonne Jean-Haffen in Dinan, France and was featured painting live on France’s FR-3 television channel during a major antique boat festival. He was one of fifteen artists selected to paint at the Forbes Colorado Ranch and exhibited at the Forbes Museum in New York where his paintings were made a part of the permanent collection. In 2012, he was awarded the Salzman Award for Excellence in Painting in the 112th Annual Exhibiting Artist Members’ Exhibition of the National Arts Club in New York City.
Leonard’s artwork was selected to illustrate the book ‘Painting Ships, Shores & the Sea’ showcasing America’s top marine artists. Among other publications, his paintings have also been featured in ‘Maine Boats & Harbors’, ‘Sea History’, ‘Maine Arts Quarterly’, and ‘Watercolor Magazine.’